Get­ting be­tween New York JFK and the city

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John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port is New York’s largest air­port and just 19 miles (30km) south­east of Man­hat­tan. It has six ter­mi­nals – Ter­mi­nals 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 (Ter­mi­nals 3 and 6 were de­mol­ished in 2011 and 2013 to ex­pand Ter­mi­nal 5). Ter­mi­nal 4 is a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal and acts as the in­ter­na­tional hub for Delta Air­lines, while Bri­tish Air­ways mainly flies into Ter­mi­nal 7.


One of the eas­i­est ways to get to Man­hat­tan is via Air­train and metro or Long Is­land Rail Road (LIRR). Air­train de­par­tures are ev­ery five to 12 min­utes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. De­pend­ing on your des­ti­na­tion in Man­hat­tan, take the train from one of sev­eral stops at JFK and change to metro line E at Ja­maica Sta­tion or line A at Howard Street Sta­tion (US$7.75 for both metro and Air­train). Jour­neys take 50-75 min­utes. Slightly faster but more ex­pen­sive, the LIRR goes to Penn Sta­tion from Ja­maica Sta­tion (US$15 in­clud­ing Air­train) and takes 35 min­utes in to­tal.

If you are stay­ing in New York City for an ex­tended time, it makes sense to buy a Metro­card, which al­lows you to take an un­lim­ited num­ber of sub­way and bus rides for seven days (US$32) or 30 days (US$121). For more in­for­ma­tion visit pa­ air­ports/jfk-air­train.html


A taxi from JFK to Man­hat­tan costs a f lat rate of US$52 (in­clud­ing tolls). Al­ter­na­tively, if you pre-or­der a car ser­vice, such as HEC Air­port Trans­fer (hec-air­port­trans­, to meet you at the air­port, you may pay more, but you’ll avoid the queues and can make sure you have a large enough ve­hi­cle if you’re trav­el­ling in a group.

An­other op­tion is to take a shut­tle (minibus) such as Go Air­link NYC (goair­linkshut­tle. com), which has shared trans­fers from JFK start­ing at US$18 and runs 24 hours.

NYC Air­porter (ny­cair­porter. com) of­fers tran­spor­ta­tion be­tween Penn Sta­tion, Port Author­ity and Grand Cen­tral to JFK for US$16. The ser­vice op­er­ates ev­ery 30 min­utes from 5am to 11.30pm.

The Su­per Shut­tle (su­per­shut­ of­fers shared rides 24 hours a day via minibus, pri­vate car or SUV. Fares vary de­pend­ing on the des­ti­na­tion and which ser­vice you choose. All taxis and shut­tle ser­vices will pick you up from ar­rivals out­side of your ter­mi­nal.


JFK has ded­i­cated space in the Limo and Cell Phone Lot for Uber drivers to park while they wait to re­ceive ride re­quests. When us­ing Uber, you can meet your driver out­side ar­rivals at your ter­mi­nal. The price can vary de­pend­ing on the ve­hi­cle type or size and ranges be­tween US$54 and US$139.


It’s nor­mal to tip taxi drivers be­tween 10 and 15 per cent. As a gen­eral rule, if any­one helps with your bag at the air­port, in a taxi or at the ho­tel, the rec­om­mended tip is US$1 to US$2 per bag.


JFK doesn’t have its own lug­gage de­liv­ery ser­vices but you can book this ser­vice on­line with a courier such as Road­flex (roadf lexde­liv­­is­land-couri­ers/same-day-newyork-city-bag­gage-couri­erde­liv­ery-spe­cial­ists). Prices vary de­pend­ing on what is be­ing col­lected and where it’s be­ing de­liv­ered to.

The air­port does have lug­gage stor­age lo­ca­tions in Ter­mi­nals 1, 4 and 8, which cost be­tween US$4 and US$18 per day de­pend­ing on the size of the bag­gage and which lug­gage store you use.

It’s nor­mal to tip taxi drivers be­tween 10 and 15 per cent. If any­one helps with your bag at the air­port, in a taxi or at the ho­tel, the rec­om­mended tip is US$1 to US$2 per bag

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